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Historical Essay

Cast Iron Effigy Mound Model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Cast iron Wisconsin effigy mound model in the shape of a "trunk and arms of a man", designed by Increase A. Lapham, c. 1875. (Museum object #1975.8.12)
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Native American Twilled Basket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Cherokee twilled basket, probably traded to Wisconsin, mid 19th century. (Museum object #1955.1021)
Historical Essay

Ho-Chunk Hide Scraper

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Wooden handled hide scraper with steel blade made and used by Ho-Chunk Indians in Wisconsin in the early 20th century. (Museum object #1951.949)
Historical Essay

Paleo-Indian Fluted Spear Point

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Early Paleo-Indian fluted spear point found in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and made between 12,000 B.C. and 8,000 B.C. (Museum object #1985.2)
Historical Essay

Menominee Fancy Dance Bustle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Fancy dance back bustle made of dyed turkey feathers, Neopit, Wisconsin on the Menominee Reservation, c. 1982. (Museum object # 1982.48.8)
Historical Essay

Hopewellian Human Figurine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Human figurine fragment made of non-tempered, smoothed clay, c. 100 - 200 A.D., found at Pine River site, Richland County, WI (Museum object #2004.5.1)
Historical Essay

Native American Courting Flute

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Native American courting flute carved by Louis Webster, of Menominee, Stockbridge, Potawatomi and Oneida descent, 1994. (Museum object #1996.118.93)
Historical Essay

Mystery Pike from Interstate Park

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Hammered copper pike from Interstate Park Bison site, Polk County, Wisconsin, c. 1000-4000 B.C. (Museum object #1956.3099)
Historical Essay

Potawatomi Beaded 'Soldier Coat'

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Army jacket decorated with Native American beadwork worn by Chief Simon Onanguisse Kahquados of the Forest County Potawatomi. (Museum object #1943.330)
Historical Essay

Wild Rice Threshing Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Improvised wild rice threshing machine used on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, Wisconsin, c. 1990. (Museum object #1999.61.5)
Historical Essay

Frontier Clay Pipe Fragment

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Clay pipe bowl found at Sheard Road site, Racine County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #1998.236.249)
Historical Essay

Anti-Spearfishing Concrete Walleye Decoy

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Concrete walleye decoy purchased at PARR Rally in Minocqua, Wisconsin, April 15, 1989. (Museum object #1990.178.1)
Historical Essay

Ojibwe Winter Spearfishing Decoy

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Sturgeon decoy carved and painted by Ojibwe artist John V. Snow. (Museum Object #1996.118.106A-B)
Historical Essay

Ho-Chunk Eagle Feather Dance Staff

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Eagle feather dance staff used at 1933 World's Fair by Ho-Chunk dancers from the Wisconsin Dells. (Museum object #2001.49.1)
Historical Essay

Native American Vietnam Veteran Pouch

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Pouch obtained from an Oneida Indian at the 1997 Milwaukee River Front Pow-Wow. (Museum object #1999.40.1)
Historical Essay

Ho-Chunk Beaded Reebok Baby Shoes

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Reebok baby shoes beaded by Ho-Chunk artist Linda Lucero, c. 1990. (Museum object #1993.102A-B)
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Oneota Ceramic Vessel

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Decorated shell-tempered pot from the OT site (47-LC-0262), 1500-1625. (Museum object #1995.218.39)
Historical Essay

Birchbark Maple Sugar Container

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Maple sugar container made by missionary Rosalie Dousman, mid-1800s. (Museum object #1969.419)
Historical Essay

Ojibwe Presentation Pipe

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Ojibwe pipe presented to Wisconsin territorial governor James Duane Doty, 1844. (Museum object #1955.399,A)

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